Luis Carlos Affonso is an aeronautical engineer and private pilot, the product of a Brazilian engineering education and a man for whom a life at Embraer is as much a calling as a profession. After 22 years with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, he stepped into the position of vice president of Embraer Executive Aviation in the spring of 2005 with the blessing of then president and CEO Mauricio Botelho.
Embraer Phenom 100
Technology that can tell a farmer whether a cow has a fever is the basis for a new monitoring system for aircraft tires.
Embraer’s first Phenom 100 lands at the company’s main facilities at São Jose dos Campos, Brazil, following a certification test flight on August 6. The aircraft made its first flight on July 26, and certification is expected in the second quarter of next year.
When last year’s Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil, was canceled, questions arose about the future of the show. At LABACE 2007, which ended a three-day run on August 11, there was no shortage of champagne celebrating the record-breaking event.
Embraer is getting closer to flying its Phenom 100 VLJ, having rolled out the first prototype on June 16 from the company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. With a fresh coat of paint, Phenom 100 number one will undergo ground tests to prepare for first flight. Embraer and its 50 suppliers were able to use serial production tooling to manufacture the first Phenom 100 because engineers employed Catia V5 engineering software.
Embraer said last month it delivered seven Legacy 600s during the second quarter, for a total of 12 so far this year. According to GAMA statistics, Embraer is ahead of its total at the same point last year, when it had delivered nine. The Brazilian manufacturer finished last year with 27 Legacy shipments. In all, the company delivered 36 jets–regional and business–last quarter and expanded its commercial order backlog to $15.6 billion.
Brazilian airframer Embraer’s new Phenom 100 very light jet is currently undergoing ground testing in preparation for its first flight. The VLJ has already concluded its engine run, which saw the Phenom’s two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F engines installed and tested on the airframe.
Air-taxi operators and potential operators used a recent VLJ forum, “Business Models for VLJs and Light Jets,” to outline their plans for using the new class of jets to offer point-to-point service.
A recent Eurocontrol-sponsored VLJ workshop gave the agency and potential operators the opportunity to discuss the impact of the coming class of very light jets (VLJs) on the ATC system. While Eurocontrol suggests that the small jets will tax the system, representatives from the business aviation sector maintain that they will not have a dramatic impact on the system.
Mentoring, where a more experienced pilot flies for some time with a new very light jet buyer until the owner gains confidence and experience, is receiving increasing scrutiny and consideration from aircraft manufacturers, insurance companies and operators.